Scene in Edmonds: For the birds


  1. Someone asked how this was built. I don’t recommend trying to build one unless you knowledgeable in electronics! This heater is 120 volts and uses a 7 watt bulb to keep water warm (not hot!). If you use larger bulb the water will be too hot (even in cold weather). The best solution is to have two feeders and rotate them to keep from freezing. Notice beer can cozy used to keep glass insulated. I think you can buy battery operated ones on line, but suspect they won’t work well in low temps. I also have my bird bath heated and many birds were in it yesterday bathing and drinking!

    1. We do similar for our bird bath and hummingbird feeders. They sure seem grateful and look beautiful against the snow ❄️

  2. Thank you for sharing the great photos and thank you to those feeding our beautiful birds and other animals out there.

  3. I have seen some detailed instructions on YouTube for making hummingbird feeder heaters. I have one up now that I got at Wild Birds Unlimited but it isn’t strong enough for the cold we are currently having, so I’ve had to resort to switching out feeders every hour and a half or so.
    I also need a heater for water because of course, the water I put out freezes over in no time. I need to be better prepared for future cold snaps! Giving birds the boost of calories and water they need to make it through this tough weather is not an easy task!

  4. Beautiful closeup photo of the hummingbird, Doug. All of the others lovely also.

    Thanks, Chris, for the beer cozy tip. I started using hand warmers since I had them on hand and increasing the proportions to 3 to 1 to keep the food warmer longer. It’s working well but hand warmers only last for 10 hours at best.

    Cute photos of your kitty Facil, Annie. My kitty gets hours of entertainment (and frustration) watching the hummers.

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